Australia and the Philippines’ strong partnership is underpinned by 50 years of development cooperation.
Australia’s development program in the Philippines is one of our largest, with Australian assistance to the Philippines reaching almost PHP 3 billion (AUD80 million) for 2020-2021. Our development partnership is focused on achieving a more prosperous, stable and resilient Philippines.
We support long-term and inclusive economic growth in the Philippines, focused on the most vulnerable Filipinos. We have helped reduce poverty by supporting impactful social protection programs. When disaster strikes, we have delivered humanitarian support to those in need. At the same time, we invest in strengthening the long-term disaster resilience of local governments and communities to save lives and reduce economic losses. We provide assistance to women-led small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to increase their resilience to economic shocks, including impacts from climate change.